Visualize you are getting ready to acquire a flight. As you step on to the plane, you are greeted by a flight attendant.

Now, describe the apparel of the woman flight attendant. You may say she is carrying a skirt, dressy top rated and costume footwear with heels. That would explain her conventional do the job garments, or uniform.

But on a single airline, that is changing.

SkyUp Airways is a privately-owned Ukrainian airline. It lately determined to set an end to heels and kind-fitting skirts for their female flight attendants.

Now, the females will don white Nike sneakers. And their uniform will be a free-fitting match — with an orange jacket, orange pants and a white T-shirt. The fit and T-shirt are both of those designed by Ukrainian garments companies.

The airline designed this alter soon after hearing remarks from the flight attendants about their uniform. One particular of them is Alexandrina Denysenko.

Denysenko suggests that in the course of a flight she often does not sit down – not even for a moment. Immediately after standing so a lot and while wearing high heels, her legs and toes hurt. She explained to use comfortable footwear is like a desire occur genuine.

Even though she claims that heels glimpse wonderful, “… toes put up with and swell by the conclude of the flight. And, she explained to Reuters, “…sneakers are certainly great.”

Flight attendants of SkyUp Airlines pose for a picture onboard a plane during the presentation of a new uniform at the Boryspil International Airport outside Kyiv, Ukraine September 30, 2021. (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Flight attendants of SkyUp Airlines pose for a photo onboard a airplane through the presentation of a new uniform at the Boryspil Global Airport outside Kyiv, Ukraine September 30, 2021. (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

The firm reported they investigated the record of cabin crew uniforms. They decided to get rid of what they termed “conservative” elements of a flight attendant’s glimpse. The airline has turned the traditional and conservative uniform into a thing present day and sporty.

But the improvements are not only about style and comfort and ease. There are security challenges to contemplate as very well.

Denysenko mentioned that in the celebration of an unexpected emergency h2o landing, the crew would have to evacuate the airplane on inflatable tools. Heels can problems that devices. And she adds “… it would not be quite at ease to swim in a skirt.”

Some people may perhaps not realize a thing: The job of flight attendant is physically demanding. The web page says that flight attendants must:

  • stand for quite very long intervals of time
  • do the identical movements more than and more than, such as lifting hefty bags into overhead storage
  • thrust a hefty services cart and provide travellers food items and drinks in some cases when preserving balance during an unsteady flight
  • operate in a pressurized spot
  • breathe recycled air for long periods of time
  • and control a deficiency of regular slumber.

The head of the SkyUp Airways advertising office is Marianna Grygorash. She explained to Reuters the impression of the woman flight attendant is incredibly “romanticized.” Men and women may possibly believe it is an effortless job. But in fact, she stated, “…their task calls for a large amount of bodily education.”

The business also ideas to launch a new uniform for male crew. They will use a mild match and a T-shirt. Their Nike sneakers will be black.

The new uniforms will be officially launched on Oct 22, 2021.

I’m Anna Matteo.

This story was described by Margaryta Chornokondratenko and Sergiy Karazy for Reuters News Agency. Anna Matteo adapted it for VOA Learning English. Susan Shand was the editor.


Words and phrases in This Story

skirt – n. a piece of clothing worn by women of all ages and women that hangs from the waist down

sneakers – n. a sports activities shoe with a rubber sole

at ease – adj. supplying actual physical relieve

swell – v. to enlarge in an abnormal way normally by stress from in just or by development

design and style – n. a strategy, fashion, or top quality that is felt to be pretty respectable, fashionable, or proper​

evacuate – v. to eliminate (anyone) from a hazardous spot

inflatable – adj. probable to fill with air or gas

recycled – adj. to pass all over again as a result of a series of adjustments or treatment options: these as to system (something, these types of as liquid body squander, glass, or cans) in buy to get back material for human use

romanticize – v. to think about or explain anything as currently being improved or more attractive or exciting than it really is : romanticized – adj.